Sunshine, Sculptors and Rastrillo

The market by the sea

The market by the sea

Yesterday was warm and sunny. After windy and sometimes unsettled weather over the last week or so it suddenly felt like summer. Ideal for the monthly craft market, el rastrillo, by the sea in Las Negras.

Bric a brac

All sorts of interesting items

Colourful stalls

Colourful stalls

The stalls, selling antiques, arts and crafts, bread and cakes and even real ale are always interesting and colourful.

Beating the drums

Beating the drums

There were also buskers providing musical entertainment.

Sold this painting of Las Negras cats at the market

Sold this painting of Las Negras cats at the market

We took some sketches and small paintings down and were pleased to sell two originals.

This morning on the beach

This morning on the beach

This morning the light was completely different, although again warm and sunny, a soft haze hung over the sea and there was virtually no wind.

Tranquility

Tranquility

Las Negras was very tranquil.

Among the boats

Among the boats

Visitors and locals had started to claim the sandy parts of the beach amongst the fishing boats.

The main beach

The main beach

More were sunbathing and swimming from the main stretch of beach but it was still very peaceful.

Sculptors on the beach

Sculptors on the beach

This time of year a group of sculptors from Holland visit the village under the tutorship of Yvonne.

Sculptors with the Cerro Negro behind

Sculptors with the Cerro Negro behind

Normally they stay in La Paloma at the north end of the beach but this year they are renting apartment on the beach near the centre.

A sculptor on the beach

A sculptor on the beach

It was interesting for us to see them and take photos in a different setting with the Cerro Negro or the village as a backdrop.

The south end of the beach

The south end of the beach

The prevailing winds and currents over the winter seem to have taken a lot of sand from our beach. At the sheltered corner at the south end, where we like to swim from in the summer, the sea bed is usually sandy and there are normally patches of sand on the beach to lie on. As you can see from this photo both the sea bed and beach are stony at the moment but the sand will surely return with the right currents. A couple of local women, sunbathing in the nude, commented that at least it made the beach more peaceful

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About Margaret Merry

I grew up in Falmouth, Cornwall, England where, after leaving Falmouth High School, I spent a year at Falmouth School of Art. Then followed three years at Hornsey College of Art in London where I obtained a Diploma in Art and Design. I then spent a post-graduate year at the West of England College of Art in Bristol where I gained an Art Teacher?s Diploma and a Certificate in Education of the University of Bristol. I lived and worked in Truro for over 30 years and became one of Cornwall's most popular artists. My paintings have been exhibited in New York, Tokyo, Paris and London and have been bought by collectors from all over the world. I have published 4 books which became local bestsellers - 'The Natural History of a Westcountry City', 'Margaret Merry's Cornish Garden Sketchbook', 'Sea & Sail' and 'Tidal Reaches'. In 2002 I moved to Spain and now live in the little coastal village of Las Negras in the heart of the Parque Natural de Cabo de Gata. I now get my inspiration from the dramatic scenery of Andalucia and its old cities, towns and villages which I usually capture in watercolour. I also enjoy figurative art, particularly nudes and dancers. For these paintings I use artists' soft pastels. I have written and illustrated 3 children's books - The Wise Old Boar, The Lonely Digger and The Adventure of Princess The Pony - which have been published in the USA.
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